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Ghost: artwork controversy delays album release

Saturday, March 30, 2013 6:42 AM PT
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According to Spin.com, the release of the new Ghost album, Infestissumam, has been delayed slightly due to some controversy regarding its artwork. The effort will apparently now be released on April 16th, a week later than planned, because four compact disc manufacturers have refused to print a portion of the deluxe version artwork. Here's the problematic art:


controversial artwork


"We kept on getting turned down because of the CD art, which is basically a 16th century illustration of an orgy," a source close to the band told SPIN. The NSFW illustration, inspired by the work of Gustave Dore, showcases what looks like a forest nymph orgy, but it's the religious iconography at the top that convinced manufacturers to turn off the printing press. Even though the Infestissumam booklets had all been printed, the band struggled to find anyone in the States to print the CD for them. "They weren't surprised. The comment was 'Well, I thought this would have happened sooner,'" the source said. "The artwork was meant to provoke some sort of thought, but it's been one obstacle after another."

To avoid further delay, Spin states that Ghost (Ghost B.C., if you're a lawyer) has chosen to simply reuse the art found on the standard edition of Infestissumam.
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